MANNER

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MANNER, in the fine arts, is used in two different meanings: First, it signifies the habitual style of an artist or a school of artists. (See Style.) Secondly, manner (also mannerism) is used as a term of reproach, and designates those qualities of a work of art which do not proceed naturally from the subject treated, but from the individual character of the artist, or the false taste of an age. Such are the studied yet untrue performances of certain actors, the phraseology or conceptions of certain poets, the coloring or composition of certain painters, &c. The two senses of the word are not to be confounded.A history of mannerism m the fine arts would be both interesting and instructive, a correct view of the aberrations of the human mind in any important particular furnishing a valuable warning for the future.